Meteorologists Warn of Longer-lasting Cold Weather, and Farmers Advised to Take Precautions

Meteorologists have warned that the cold weather, which can have fatal consequences for flowering fruit trees, will last longer than expected. The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMI) has extended the frost warning until Thursday morning.

“Frost during the growing season could damage flowering apricots, peaches, plums, and grapevine shrubs, especially in areas below 550 meters above sea level,” meteorologists summarized the reasons for issuing the warning.

The warning was issued on Sunday and was valid until Wednesday morning. It was then extended on Monday.

According to the forecast, from Tuesday to Thursday, the lowest night temperatures should mostly range from -1 to -5 °C, and snow or mixed precipitation should occur even at mid-level altitudes.

Farmers concerned about potential crop damage can cover low plants with light non-woven textiles or resort to smoking or fumigation in orchards.